Desborough woman’s joy at turning 100 on Christmas Day

Violet Page (bottom right) celebrates
Violet Page (bottom right) celebrates

Christmas is always an extra special time of the year for one woman – but this year she has an extra reason to celebrate.

Violet Page, from Desborough, turned 100 on Christmas Day, marking the occasion alongside 22 family and friends at Rushton Hall.

She received telegrams from the Queen and the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, on Saturday.

Violet, who has lived in Desborough all her life, said the gathering of so many family and friends was lovely. When asked how she felt to have reached her centenary, she said: “It’s too old.”

Violet’s niece, Yvonne Conneely, paid tribute to her aunt. “She’s always been very good to me,” she said. “I remember she took me to Scotland on holiday when I was a child. She still tells people I didn’t stop talking from Kettering to Edinburgh!

“She’s lived an eventful life, through two World Wars.

“She paid for this party. All she wanted was for us all to come.”